Your Guide to Govern Forward

Download the “Leadership Guide to NAR Governance Changes,” a resource for AEs at every level.

The date to provide 2023 directors to NAR is now Sept. 15, which may require some adjustments in your election processes."

How is your association’s progress on implementing the Govern Forward changes? The National Association of REALTORS® has been fielding questions from several associations, which is a great sign that implementation is well underway for many!

That’s important, since the date to provide 2023 directors to NAR is now Sept. 15, which may require some adjustments in processes and timing to accommodate. Remember, failure to meet this deadline will result in forfeiture of those allocated seats.

NAR has shared a few helpful resources via The Hub—also available on—to help guide us in implementing these changes. For example, the Leadership Guide to NAR Governance Changes contains answers to questions about the changes that NAR is hearing most frequently. This includes the deadline for providing directors to NAR (Sept. 15); when NAR will pull the membership numbers for director allocations (July 31); and what to do if your elections typically take place after Sept. 15 (make plans to adjust election processes now! NAR has no ability to make exceptions, and failure to meet the deadline results in forfeiture of those director positions).

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The guide also outlines the changes, when they need to happen, and what AEs can do to facilitate each requirement. Guidance is offered according to roles: board of directors, executive committee, regional vice presidents, committee liaisons, and committee chairs and vice chairs.

Many associations have expressed interest in seeing exactly how the Govern Forward changes will impact the director allocations for their local and state associations, so NAR has developed sample charts showing each association what its allocations would have looked like if the new formula had been applied in 2022. The charts display the actual number of 2022 director allocations for each state and each local association, along with the example number of director allocations under the new formula.

We recognize that, in viewing those charts, some of you will see that your association’s director appointments at NAR have changed. Some have gained, some have stayed the same, and some have fewer appointments. I’d like to reiterate that this is in no way reflective of the significance of state and local associations. NAR very much values our three-way agreement with associations of all sizes.

Specifically looking at opportunities for local associations under the Govern Forward changes, local association presidents will have a meaningful opportunity to learn about important NAR business and to share their feedback and questions directly with NAR leaders before every board of directors meeting via the new town hall for association presidents. Also, the regional vice president process has opened up in order to encourage candidates from all different-sized associations and geographies. And NAR has already taken steps to implement the 2020 changes agreed to by the leadership, including a more transparent committee application process in order to be more intentional about soliciting a diverse pool of candidates, again from all different sizes of association and levels of experience. We’re excited about the opportunities that local associations have under these changes.

I encourage all of you to view the resources—particularly those mentioned above—on If you have questions about implementation of the Govern Forward changes, please email

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